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Inclusion Readiness Assessment Zoom Meeting coming Thursday

Mar 26, 2022 05:46AM ● By Editor

From Northspan • April 8, 2022

Inclusion Readiness Assessment Event: Join us for this virtual meeting on Zoom
Thursday, April 14th 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Looking for Community Members connected to: SCHOOLS, HEALTH CARE, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, BUSINESSES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FAITH ORGANIZATIONS, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND seeking representation from underrepresented groups including but not limited to BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, veterans, persons with a disability, elders (65+), and youth (18-23)
Why: Community members located in the Cloquet, Rock Ridge, and Cook County School Districts are coming together for an event. The Inclusion Readiness Assessment is a participatory process to learn about the successes and challenges of your organization and community efforts to be welcoming and inclusive for all residents. The assessment creates a baseline for the community before the Welcoming Community learning cohorts begin in June/July 2022. 

The Inclusion Readiness Assessment will be followed by an additional 2-hour virtual Community Action Planning meeting on May 19th, 2022 @ 5:30-7:30PM. In this meeting the results of the assessment will be put into action in the form of a report out and curriculum planning for monthly inclusion learning cohort meetings: 

Participants who attend both the Inclusion Readiness Assessment and Action Planning Zoom sessions will be compensated with a $25 gift card

Free Event! 
Brought to you through grants from the Northland foundation, Duluth Superior Area Community foundation, Blandin foundation and a partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension - Center for Community Vitality

Previous Update

Northspan’s Welcoming Community program is preparing to launch learning cohorts centered around inclusion topics in three rural communities in northeast MN. The first step in launching the learning cohorts involves conducting an Inclusion Readiness Assessment in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality. 

The Inclusion Readiness Assessment is administered during a two-hour Zoom meeting with community members who live and work within the boundaries of the three selected communities. Community members will assess their community based on their connection to one of seven different sectors (schools, health care, local government, businesses, law enforcement, faith organizations, and nonprofit organizations). The results of the Inclusion Readiness Assessments will be used to provide data for future community Action Planning sessions and will inform the unique curriculum for the learning cohorts in each location. 

In our most recent Advisory Committee meeting, school districts were decided upon as a logical community boundary due to the natural areas of interaction between community members and greater diversity than individual cities. The school districts identified for participation in the three initial learning cohorts are: 

  • Cloquet School District 
  • Cook County School District 
  • Rock Ridge School District 

Northspan is searching for up to six (two per community) committed Community Outreach Coordinators to assist the Welcoming Community program in recruiting diverse participants from seven sectors in each community (schools, health care, local government, businesses, law enforcement, faith organizations, and nonprofit organizations). 

Community members are recruited to participate in two 2-hour Zoom meetings: the Inclusion Readiness Assessment and a Community Action Planning meeting (Learn more here).

These are short term (March – May) paid consultant positions (up to $3500)! Community Outreach Coordinators will be compensated based on the number and diversity of participants recruited from identified sectors (Learn more here).

Please contact [email protected] for more information or if you are interested in being considered for a Community Outreach Coordinator position in one of these communities.

Do You Live or Work in One of the Learning Cohort Communities?

Northspan is currently recruiting community members to participate in the Inclusion Readiness Assessments. 

PARTICIPATE: Are you able to attend the Inclusion Readiness Assessment as a participant? We welcome you to register as a participant for the Inclusion Readiness Assessment Zoom meeting on April 14th from 5:30PM-7:30PM. 

Register Here

REFER: If not you, who? Who do you know within the boundaries of any of the above school districts who you would like to refer to participate in the Inclusion Readiness Assessment and Action Planning sessions?

To learn more about Northspan, follow this link to their website.

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